January 15, 2016
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducted raids against Central American mothers and children in early January while having arrested 121 individuals. The fundamental fairness of the legal process was questioned by the Board of Immigration Appeals and granted an emergency stay for 33 individuals. The raids were unjustifiable, denied individuals a lack of due process and humanitarian protection. American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) impulses that the president and DHS put an end to the raids and consider the Central American population's need for protection under the U.S. Law. This vulnerable population needs protection against El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala from rape, extreme violence and persecution. AILA suggests this population be granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS), humanitarian parole and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) as forms of protection. AILA also suggests that DHS should stop fast-tracking the removal of families, the U.S. government should establish a system to ensure legal counsel is appointed for those who would go otherwise unrepresented, provide access to attorneys, child welfare experts, provide information at the border and end family detention. The administration must put an end to treating individuals as illegal border crossers.
Source: AILA Doc No. 16011501